Ardent football fan, fine artist, writer and illustrator Simon Bartram lives and works in Gateshead with his wife and son.
Simon graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a First Class degree in illustration. His passion for football and the urban landscapes of Northern England strongly influence his work, encapsulating the gritty social realism of his surroundings with his breath-taking technical ability complimented by a charming sensitivity.[show more . . .]
Drawing inspiration from a breadth of artists from Jan van Eyck to Peter Blake the craftsmanship in Simon's paintings with their exquisite detail and vivid colour pallet lend themselves perfectly to the world of children's books.
Bartram's best-selling Man on the Moon (a Day in the Life of Bob) won the Blue Peter Book of the Year award and is recommended reading material to support areas of Literacy and Numeracy as part of the UK's National Curriculum. Simon has also contributed to a new reading scheme under the Rising Stars Reading Planet umbrella.
Simon's most recent picture book creation came in the form of a hirsute green monster by the name of Rufus bringing all of his trademark humour and character rich illustrations to a brand new audience.
A regular on the book event circuit, Simon appears in schools, libraries, teacher training schemes and in bookshops with his engaging and interactive events pulling in crowds of all ages.
Candlewick Press (US)
Hodder Children's Books
Oxford University Press
Random House (US)
Scholastic Children's Books
St Martins Press (US)
The Book Trust